Date: 12/26/17 7:42 pm From: Clifford Cathers <cacathers...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] AZ:12/23/17: Patagonia Lake State Park - TAS
Sorry about the late report. But at least I got to it this year...I was reminded in generating the list that we saw a few good birds on the Tucson Audubon Society Field Trip to Patagonia Lake State Park on a cold Saturday morning. It was 24 F at the Camp Crittenden historical marker three miles west of Sonoita at 7:15 AM.
At the lake level, near the second wash along the trails to the south, a group of three BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERs were "mewing" and showing off their long bills and graduated under-tail feathers. They were essentially in the same spot on our return.
A GREATER SCAUP was well seen on the lake.
In the willow forest near the Sonoita Creek delta, where the trogon was usually found all these years, we found a loose feeding flock with BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERs, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and more unusual, a WILSON'S WARBLER with it's little black cap.